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Psychics join search for anchorwoman

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Psychics have joined in the search for missing Mason City television anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit.

Huisentruit, a morning anchor at KIMT-TV in Mason City, has been missing since June 27 despite intense searches by Mason City police and the FBI, who believe Huisentruit was abducted from the parking lot at her apartment just before she went to work.

Members of Huisentruit's family were flown to California recently to tape a session with three psychics. That will air in December as part of a new television show, ``Psychic Detectives,'' said Joann Nathe of Sauk Centre, Minn. She is Huisentruit's older sister.

The psychics concluded that the kidnapper was someone familiar with Huisentruit's television celebrity and who had become obsessed with her.

Three private investigators hired by the family with money raised by friends have found nothing to identify a suspect.

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``We have three different PI's on the case and nothing,'' Jane Huisentruit, Jodi's mother, said.

A Civil War re-enactment festival in Mason City the weekend before the abduction of Huisentruit led investigators to find instances in which two other women disappeared from towns where such festivals had taken place, Nathe said.

Investigators, she said, also extensively questioned a Mason City-area man and have looked into men who have talked about the abduction on the Internet.

``We've been told that some men fantasize they've been involved, and they really aren't,'' Nathe said.

Then there was last week's revelation that Chuck Davisson has been charged with stalking a Twin Cities news anchorwoman in August. Davisson is a Cedar Rapids native, former NBA Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach and current manager of basketball operations for the Vancouver Grizzlies.

However, no link to the Huisentruit case has been established, Nathe said investigators have told her.

Nathe said she goes back and forth, thinking for a time that the kidnapper is an obsessed stranger and then thinking he is someone who knew and liked her sister more than she liked him.

``But I can't imagine anyone hurting her if they knew her. Jodi is such a sweet kid,'' Nathe said.

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She speaks of her sister in the present tense, hopeful that she is still alive.

``I know it's four months,'' Nathe said. ``But you just never know. You hear these stories where people are obsessed and they have kept them.

``It's been very stressful for us. We cling together, her close friends and family members, trying to hold each other up. Jodi was her parents' pride and joy. She was a late-in-life baby, and she seemed pretty blessed. She was a constant joy.''

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